Fr. Brokenleg will share research and experience from his lengthy and detailed engagement with indigenous communities who continue to struggle with the effects of inter-generational transfer of trauma. He argues that similar social, psychological and spiritual dynamics will become evident in the lives of refugees from, amongst other places, Syria. This experience will present challenges to Canadian faith communities who seek to support these newcomers to Canada.
As a founder of the Community of St. Aidan, a Canadian Anglican Benedictine community, Fr. Brokenleg will explore how traditional Benedictine disciplines and practices will support a vibrant Canadian church. Founded in 2009, the community follows the Canon Community structure of non-cloistered, vowed Benedictines that form around a local Church. The community make St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Victoria their spiritual home. He will provide stimulus for discussion, assisted by a lay and an ordained responder, of how such practices can enrich our common life together here in our territory.
Fr. Martin Brokenleg was most recently the director of Native Ministries and a professor of First Nations theology and ministry at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology (Ed D) and a Doctor of Divinity (DD) for church advocacy from Albertson University. For 30 years, Fr. Brokenleg was a professor of Native American studies at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has extensive experience as an alcohol counsellor. He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe practising the culture of his Lakota people.
There is no charge for these events but an offering will be taken to offset costs associated with Fr. Brokenleg’s visit.